Motivation Monday: Creation Without Formal Education

I am deeply insecure about the fact that I never went to school for my MFA.

I applied. Oh, I applied. I was accepted to every MFA program I applied to, including Sarah Lawrence College’s program.

But I got funding for none, and was not willing to tack on more debt after I’d just finished my undergraduate education, so here I am with a BA in Professional/Technical Writing, and no MFA, with dreams of writing and publishing on the same level as MFA holders.

That’s why I included this quote from Bob Marley. It makes me feel better.

If I was educated, I would be a damn fool. -Bob Marley

 

Do you have an MFA? Was it worth it? Are you a working author without an MFA? Do you wish you had the degree? Talk about it in the comments (and help me with my own insecurity, pretty please?). 

  • Linda

    Not only do I not have an MFA, it never occurred to me that I’d need one. However, I came to writing through a journalism degree (bachelor’s), then to corporate communications. I toyed with the idea of going for a masters in journalism and seeking accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America or International Association of Business Communicators, but never did any of those things. I know plenty of people who did, though, and my observation is that in terms of career credibility, none of that matters much. And in terms of producing exceptional writing, all of that might just be another distraction from the real issue: actually writing. Truth be told, reading your blog post and writing this comment are my own form diversionary tactics from the actual writing I set forth as my goal for today….

  • Cheryl Tuskes

    Shanan, there are a lot of successful people out there who have never been to college. I’m 47 and don’t have a college degree. I always liked writing but never had the confidence to do it until I turned 40. I woke up one day and thought ‘Hello, why am I not doing something I like’. So I signed up for the Writing for Children’s Magazines class at The Institute of Children’s Literature. Here I am five years later and I still haven’t been published. Life tends to get in the way. My oldest daughter just graduated this year and my 13 year old needs help with school.

    Sure having a degree would be great, but I don’t believe it would help me get something published. I’m not giving up anytime soon!

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